Kenya Yara Estate
Introducing our first Kenya lot of the season, from Yara Estate! Situated on the eastern slopes of the Aberdare Mountains in Kiambu County, just north of Nairobi, Yara Estate is one of Kenya’s oldest estates. Initially established as a cattle farm in 1902 by a British settler, coffee was first planted in 1930. After Kenyan independence, the estate was reorganized by indigenous members of the community who formed the Gatatha Farmers Company and took over ownership.
The highest areas of Yara Estate are reserved for coffee cultivation, while tea and cattle occupy the lower areas.
The farm is planted primarily with SL-28 and SL-34, two well-known Bourbon-derived coffee varieties commonly planted in Kenya. Scott Laboratories, an agricultural research firm established by the colonial British government in 1922, identified these varieties in the 1930’s as being drought resistant and having high quality potential, and consequently they were widely planted throughout the country.